WARNING!!!!!! If you haven't seen tonight's episode of "Supernatural," read no further! There will be plot discussion and spoilers and other things you won't want to read unless you have seen the episode. Consider yourself warned! If you're still here, let's do this!
First of all, I just want to say to Ben Edlund and Guy Norman Bee, I both love and hate the two of you for the floating trenchcoat scene. Not gonna lie, I cried. Ugh, it was so emotional! There should never be trenchcoat without Cass in it! It's just wrong! Which is exactly why it was the perfect symbol to show that Cass was really gone this time. Or is he? DUN DUN DUN! This leads me to my Theory of the Week:
Theory of the Week
Cass isn't dead, and his vessel isn't gone. Remember the "boss" the Leviathans, especially Edgar, keep talking about? That "boss" is still using Cass as its vessel, and we'll see him again in the midseason finale. The Leviathans stated a few times that the knowledge their vessels had was important to them. Edgar knew demolitions, hence Bobby's house being destroyed by a professional. Annie was too small and didn't know anything, so she had to go. What better vessel to use than an angel? Angels know lots of stuff, and this angel knew the Winchesters, who are thorns in the Leviathans' sides. It's a win/win vessel, so why get rid of it? If they can survive being crushed by a car, I'm guessing they can survive drowning, too. I think the reason Cass melted originally is because he had more than one Leviathan crammed inside him. One per vessel is sustainable. And I don't think Cass himself is dead, either, for three reasons: one, if the Leviathans can hide deep enough for him not to know they were there, I'm betting Cass can do the same thing in his own vessel; two, he said he would find a way to redeem himself to Dean, and I, for one, don't think the end of last episode was it yet; three, no wings on the ground. Thoughts on my Theory of the Week?
Sam vs. Lucifer
Holy devious devil, Batman! Lucifer really did a number messing with Sam, didn't he? I mean, wow. Just wow. Sam, bless him, was really trying his best to resist, but you could just see how Lucifer kept wearing him down and wearing him down until he almost snapped. I find it extremely interesting, too, that the methods Lucifer used to break both Winchesters were so different and entirely appropriate to each brother. Dean's a very tactile person, so when he was in Hell, Lucifer had Alistair torture him to the breaking point. Sam's more cerebral, so he uses psychologial torture to break him. And yes, I'm sure that when they were in the cage, Sam endured physical torture, but that was Lucifer being angry and lashing out not Lucifer specifically trying to break Sam. I'm not commenting on which is worse, either, merely pointing out that the Devil is one crafty mofo. But since Dean had endured so much physical torture in Hell, and because he's so aware of physical things, he was able to literally use pain to show the difference between the real world and Hell world. How messed up is that? Pain feels different in the two worlds. But when Lucy popped up in the ambulance, he acknowledged he wasn't real and was staying around anyway, so Sam has some work to do, doesn't he? I'm hoping he'll still be able to use the pain technique, or at least recognize the differences between real-world pain and fake Lucifer stuff.
How awesome was Bobby in this episode? The answer is extremely awesome. And it was subtle, too, which made the ending that much more shocking and horrible. There are plenty of episodes where Bobby is awesome, so it didn't seem out of place when he made his speech to Dean about being there for him, or he tended to Sam and made sure he was okay, or when he showed up and got Sheriff Mills the heck out of Dodge. So to see his house burned down and not know if he's okay or not? Brutal!
******* Spoiler alert for 7.03 ******* Skip down to the next set of asterisks if you don't want to know! *******
Though, with the release of the promo photos from 7.03, the effect of the ending is slightly dampened, isn't it?
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I just want to go back to the fact that Bobby's house got burned down! I guess "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" really is a theme for this year, two outlaws on the run and all. We'll know for sure if they head out to The-Hole-In-The-Wall. But seriously, what now? Bobby's house was their one safe haven, and without that, what are they going to do? No panic room, no place to crash, no library of amazing books for research. And just a guess here, but I doubt Bobby had insurance on that place. What's he going to do now?
The hits just keep on coming for poor Dean. Sam's messed up, and Dean's not coping well with that at all. Cass is gone, and like Bobby said, he was the best friend Dean ever had, and then Bobby's house is torched, Bobby's missing, the Leviathans are totally out to get them, Sam's seizing, his leg is broken, and they're being transported to Leviathan General Hospital. Oh, and apocalyptic doom, of course. I'm curious to see how he's going to handle this because I'm exhausted just thinking about it. He did do a good job of talking Sam down in the warehouse and really reaching him and helping Sam temporarily get rid of Lucifer. But I just don't know how much more the poor guy can take.
Odds and Ends
"Black Water" was such an excellent song choice for that montage. Clearly, it was the only song they could have used. And that's now three great songs in two episodes! Perhaps the music budget was upped.
I hope Sheriff Mills sticks around because I like her a lot. Maybe Bobby can crash at her place while he rebuilds his house! And maybe his renovations can include two spare bedrooms, for goodness sake. Why are those boys still sleeping on the couch?
RIP, Bobby's book collection. You were extremely useful, one-of-a-kind, and now gone. That might be the biggest blow of all in the house-burning deal. Did Bobby have something in his collection that the Leviathans didn't want him to find?
"Are you a Dr. Sexy?"
The door to the fake office building said "Morning Star Endeavors." Nicely done, "Supernatural."
Can Mark Pellegrino please be in every episode? He's so much fun.
I think the pacing through the first two episodes has been tremendous. A lot of things have happened, and I'll be curious to see if the show can maintain some of this breakneck speed.
So, what did you think of the second episode? Are you, like me, willingly disbelieving that that's the last we've seen of Cass? Because if it is, I'm going to be a little more than upset about the way he exited. Until I'm proven wrong, though, I will continue to hope that he's coming back because I am optimistic like that.